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Try Julie Kirk’s fab festive ideas for wooden flourishes
Wooden flourishes add a lovely rustic charm to cards and more
1 Smooth finish
For a pretty, perfectly coordinating design, cover your wooden embellishments with matching patterned paper. Apply with a glue stick by laying your paper on top of the wooden shape and trimming around the edge. For a smooth finish, remove the excess with sandpaper.
2 Dress to impress
Add colour, shine and texture to your wooden adornments with heat embossing powders! Choose some traditional colours to suit individual shapes, or keep things monochrome and use white embossing powder on all.
3 Norwegian wood
For a wonderful Nordic-inspired look, enhance the natural charm of the wood finish by adding similar neutral elements to your design. Include kraft card, lace and twine for a rustic feel.
4 Bundle of joy
Go the extra mile with your gift wrapping, by stringing several wooden flourishes along a length of twine before tying it onto a plain hessian bag. For a subtle touch of colour, dab pigment ink, in soft pastel shades, along the tips of the wooden shapes, and finish with a mini peg.
5 Colour me quick
One of the quickest and easiest ways to add colour to blank wooden shapes is by using an ink pad. For full coverage and depth of shade, opt for a dye ink and simply press the shape down onto the pad.
6 Sparkle and shine
Bring a bit of festive bling to blank bauble designs by covering them in glitter. Once the first layer of glitter has dried, cover it in a second layer of glue and glitter for additional depth and sparkle – you can never have too much at Christmas.
7 Shake it up
Create a vision reminiscent of Narnia by framing a forest of wooden trees in your own wintery shaker. Colour the trees with green ink before sealing them inside a snowy landscape filled with sequins.
8 Top marks
Enhance plain shapes by using marker pens to create fun and festive gift wrap designs. Dab the tip of the pen onto the wood until a small amount of colour bleeds onto the surface, to form a polka dot or a stripe.
9 Simple tags
Aim for striking simplicity by making a snowflake a focal point on your gift tags. Glue your flourish on top of a stamped design for a super quick and easy make, perfect for when you need to create a big batch, or have lots of gifts to wrap.
10 Forever keepsake
Send a special Christmas keepsake for someone to cherish year after year, with this beautiful decoration filled with wooden flourishes. To really make them pop, paint your shapes with white acrylic paint then use ink pads and a paintbrush to apply lots of lovely festive colour.